It's a Man's World (TV series)

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It's a Man's World
Its A Mans World - Title Card - 1962.jpg
Series title card
Created byPeter Tewksbury
James Leighton
StarringGlenn Corbett
Michael Burns
Ted Bessell
Randy Boone
ComposersEarle Hagen
Jack Marshall
Herbert W. Spencer
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes19
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time60 mins.
Production companyHeyday Productions
DistributorRevue Studios
NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original networkNBC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 17, 1962 (1962-09-17) –
January 28, 1963 (1963-01-28)

It's a Man's World is an American comedy-drama television series which aired on NBC from September 17, 1962, to January 28, 1963.[1]


The series centers on four young men who live in a houseboat called The Elephant, which is moored at an Ohio River town named Cordella in Ohio. Cordella is loosely based on the city of Marietta, Ohio, and some of the establishing shots in the series were shot there.

Randy Boone and Michael Burns.

The main characters are pre-law college student Wes Macauley, portrayed by Glenn Corbett and his younger brother Howie, recently orphaned by an automobile accident, played by Michael Burns, also a cast member on Wagon Train. Ted Bessell played Tom-Tom DeWitt, a college student who came from a wealthy Chicago family. Randy Boone played free spirit Vern Hodges, a talented guitarist from Boone's native North Carolina.[2]

In the story line, Wes is working his way through college at Stott's Service Station, owned by Houghton Stott, played by Harry Harvey, Sr. Jan Norris appears as Wes's fiancee, college student Irene Hoff. Other characters, Iona and Virgil Dobson, are portrayed by Kate Murtagh and Scott White, friends of Stott and the four houseboat males. Their daughter, Alma Jean (played by Jeanine Cashell), is interested in Vern. Nora Fitzgerald (played by Ann Schuyler) is interested in Tom-Tom. There is also a dog named Shadrack.[3]

Among the series guest stars were Med Flory, Hope Summers, Joan Tewkesbury, and Dawn Wells.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Four to Go"Peter TewksburyJim Leighton & James MenziesSeptember 17, 1962 (1962-09-17)
2"Stir Crazy"Peter TewksburyPeter Tewksbury & Jim LeightonSeptember 24, 1962 (1962-09-24)
3"Molly Pitcher and the Green-Eyed Monster"Peter TewksburyStory by : James Menzies
Teleplay by : David Duncan
October 1, 1962 (1962-10-01)
4"Winning His Way"Peter TewksburyJohn McGreeveyOctober 8, 1962 (1962-10-08)
5"Drive Over to Exeter"Peter TewksburyStory by : Jim Leighton
Teleplay by : Earl Hamner Jr.
October 22, 1962 (1962-10-22)
6"The Beavers and the Otters"Peter TewksburyBen Masselink & Jim LeightonOctober 29, 1962 (1962-10-29)
7"Howie's Adventure"Peter TewksburyPeter Tewksbury & Jim LeightonNovember 5, 1962 (1962-11-05)
8"The Bravest Man in Cordella"Peter TewksburyElliot L. SimsNovember 12, 1962 (1962-11-12)
9"The Man on the Second Floor"Peter TewksburyStory by : Jim Leighton
Teleplay by : John McGreevey
November 19, 1962 (1962-11-19)
10"I Count My Life in Coffee Cups"Peter TewksburyWilliam Blinn & Michael GleasonNovember 26, 1962 (1962-11-26)
11"Chicago Gains a Number"Lamont JohnsonElliot L. SimsDecember 3, 1962 (1962-12-03)
12"The Macauley Profile"Peter TewksburyHal J. ToddDecember 10, 1962 (1962-12-10)
13"The Long Short Cut"Peter TewksburyPeter Tewksbury & Jim LeightonDecember 17, 1962 (1962-12-17)
14"The Long Way Around"Peter TewksburyRobert BassingDecember 24, 1962 (1962-12-24)
15"Night Beat of the Tom-Tom"Lamont JohnsonDavid Duncan & Jim LeightonDecember 31, 1962 (1962-12-31)
16"Hour of Truth"Hal J. ToddWilliam Blinn & Michael GleasonJanuary 7, 1963 (1963-01-07)
17"The Unbalanced Line"Hal J. ToddStory by : James Bonnett
Teleplay by : Jim Leighton & James Menzies
January 14, 1963 (1963-01-14)
18"Mutiny on the Elephant"Peter TewksburyElliot L. SimsJanuary 21, 1963 (1963-01-21)
19"Winter Story"Hal J. ToddJim Leighton & James MenziesJanuary 28, 1963 (1963-01-28)

Production notes[edit]

Peter Tewksbury and James Leighton were the creators of the series, originally titled The Young Men, a Revue Studios production. Earl Hamner, Jr. was part of the writing staff.[4]


It's a Man's World was "ahead of its time": it depicted the restlessness, idealism, and increasing iconoclasm that began to emerge among American youth during the early 1960s.[5] Broadcast at the family hour, It's a Man's World did not shy from the themes of premarital sex, feminism, and the gulf between adults and adolescents, which began to be known as the generation gap. The program coincided with the Cuban Missile Crisis, civil rights disputes, and the emergence of protest singer Bob Dylan. It attracted a minor cult following on college campuses, but it failed to attract mass audiences.[5]

It's a Man's World faced relatively weak competition at 7:30 Eastern on Mondays from the last season of Clint Walker's western Cheyenne on ABC and the two long-running CBS quiz programs, To Tell the Truth with Bud Collyer and I've Got a Secret with Garry Moore.[6]

NBC cancelled It's a Man's World midway through its only season, on the grounds of low Nielsen ratings. They ignored viewers who wrote letters of protests, the kind which resurfaced four years later in 1967, when CBS axed Gunsmoke but then reversed itself and gave the long-running western another eight years of production.[5]


After the show was cancelled as of mid-January 1963, Corbett found work almost immediately on the already-airing show Route 66. Route 66 was thematically similar to It's A Man's World, exploring many of the same issues of American life, particularly the issues of restlessness and idealism. Corbett began his co-starring role as Lincoln Case on Route 66 in March, 1963.

In 1977, ABC revisited the premise of It's a Man's World with The San Pedro Beach Bums, a 60-minute situation comedy about five young men living together on a houseboat in San Pedro, California. It also was unsuccessful, lasting only ten episodes.


  1. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed., pp. 415–416
  2. ^ ", It's a Man's World". Retrieved December 25, 2008.
  3. ^ "Television Obscurities - It's a Man's World". Retrieved December 25, 2008.
  4. ^ James E. Person, Earl Hamnner. Google Books. 2005. ISBN 9781581824551. Retrieved December 26, 2008.
  5. ^ a b c "Kerry Pechter, TELEVISION/RADIO; 'It's a Man's World': Ahead of Its Time, And Ahead of Ours, January 14, 200". The New York Times. January 14, 2001. Retrieved December 25, 2008.|
  6. ^ 1962–1963 American network television schedule; appendix of Total Television

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